Ailie Busby features in Papercraft Inspirations!!!

Nationally acclaimed Artist and animal lover Ailie Busby began her career as an illustrator over 16 years ago, and joined bright over 5 years ago. Since then, her ideas and drawings that are created in the loft of her house have been translated into sensational artwork that has travelled all around the UK, Europe and the USA, successfully in both children’s publishing and art licensing she has utilised all resources bright brings to its artists.

Ailie is not only an established artist but she is a full time mother and wife to two lovely children. She has a busy household in Newcastle complete with two cats; a big fat tom-cat called Hughie and a little tiny black cat called Matilda and a Fox Terrier called Queenie!

The hardest question for an artist to answer is this, “Where do you get your inspiration from”, this is the answer; ” Animals, nature and my children”. It’s incredible to know that Ailie is just the same as me and you and takes the positive things around her to fuel her creative flare.

For an artist to have their work recognised and published is not simply an accolade to add to the CV, but a celebration that can be shared with thousands if not millions of people around the UK and the world!

PaperCraft’s magazine always inspires the creative in me and every time the edition comes through the post, I love to flick through to see what new skills I can learn!

The September edition is their 119th, and it features Ailie’s irresistible “Cats and Dogs Stamps”, her work and effort is immediately recognised and commended by Angela the commissioning editor. The fantastic page 6 double spread walks the reader through how to use the stamps to flare up just about anything from a gift to a card!

What’s wonderful about Ailie is she’s well known as an acrylics, ink, collage and pencil artist, but this feature has bought to life her character development in a whole new light.

Ailie’s success spreads across the whole agency, not only is she a star in Art Licensing but she has illustrated over 25 books in Publishing and has one clear runaway success under her belt, ‘Lulu’s Lunch’ winner of the Sheffield children’s book award. All mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts and friends would have seen and bought copes of the famous series “Lulu’s shoes”. (and our office dog Monty – loves reading them in between ball play!!)

Published by Bloomsbury, this series has been and will continue to be the rocket for Ailie’s career in illustration.

The reviews have been truly glowing, Julie Eccleshare is the editorial contributor and advisor to Lovereading4kids and the children’s editor of the Guardian.

Julie Eccleshare: “An utterly fabulous interactive book for shoe-obsessed toddlers. Guaranteed to keep toddlers engaged for hours with laces, velcro straps and buckles to name just three”. What great publicity!



“Praise for ‘Lulu’s Shoes’:” –“‘Attractive, colourful illustrations and real laces, touch-feely panels and flaps-to-lift combine to make this sturdy book a real treat for babies, toddlers and their parents alike’” –  Bookfest“‘Very good touchy-feely-type book for learning’” –  Daily Echo (Bournemouth)“‘A sweet premise . . . that taps into the common toddler fascination for footwear in all its various guises’” –  Junior

The future is Bright for Ailie as she pioneers the use of character stamps back into trend, and we hope she will continue to grow and develop more styles for us!


Vicki x